Islamic State says it was behind supermarket attack in St Petersburg

Islamic State says it was behind supermarket attack in St Petersburg

Islamic State says it was behind supermarket attack in St Petersburg

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said on December 30 it had arrested a suspect in the bombing three days earlier but did not identify the person or provide any details about a motive for the attack other than that the suspect organized and carried out the attack on their own.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Friday a bill toughening sentences for terrorist recruitment as the country deals with the issue of returning jihadists from Syria.

On December 27, a homemade explosive device packed with lethal components was detonated near self-lockers of the Perekrestok supermarket on the first floor of the Gigant-Hall entertainment center in St. Petersburg's Kondratyevsky Avenue.

The news agency quoted a source close to the case as saying the suspect was 35-year-old Dmitry Lukyanenko - a resident of Saint Petersburg and member of the nationalist "New Age" movement.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin called the supermarket blast in St. Petersburg a terror attack. Eight people remain in hospital.

Russia's military intervened in Syria in September 2015 to shore up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and combat jihadists, making Russian Federation a major target for such groups.

Earlier this month, Russian Federation announced the arrests of a number of Islamic State members who it said had planned to attack St Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral. On April 3, 14 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a suicide bomber exploded the devices in the city's metro system.

"As you know, an act of terror took place in Saint Petersburg yesterday", Putin told officers who took part in Russia's Syria campaign during an awards ceremony.

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